Gold, shell, pearls, textile (hair?)
Overall: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm )
Oval cameo brooch comprising image of female bust with Romantic coiffure; 50 small pearls adorn the frame;crystal compartment on reverse containing woven brown textile (possibly hair); inscriptions engraved on reverse; pin attachment.
Gift of Mrs. J. Kensett Olyphant
engraved: on reverse: "C.W.H. from R.C.M. / Jany 1, 1859 / Numbers 6, Chapt. 24 to 26 Vs"
According to the accession notes, this brooch was given as a wedding present by the Reverend Dr. Robert Campbell Matlack to his wife, Clara Heilman, the aunt of the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.